Radiohead have released the video for their new single Burn The Witch.
The single will be available tomorrow (May 4), and is the first full new Radiohead material since they released their album The King Of Limbs in 2011.
The stop-motion video of a tribe of animated villagers is directed by Chris Hopewell, who directed the video for Radiohead’s single There There.
Hopewell has also directed videos for The Killers, Franz Ferdinand and Scissor Sisters, as well as co-directing Simon Pegg film A Fantastic Fear Of Everything with Kula Shaker singer Crispin Mills.
In a since-deleted Instagram post, Hopewell said he had been given 11 days to make a three-and-a-half animated film.
As yet, there is no further word on when the album following Burn The Witch will be released, though it’s previously been hinted that it would be out in June. Radiohead have been working on the album with their regular producer Nigel Godrich.
Burn The Witch is radically different to recent Radiohead albums, featuring a return to traditional string-based structures last emphasised on OK Computer.
The song is also loosely in the same mould as their alternative Bond theme. On Christmas Day, Thom Yorke revealed that the band were in the frame to record the theme for Spectre before Sam Smith was chosen. Radiohead’s own alternative theme was released free that day, and is also more traditional than The King Of Limbs.
Since that album, Yorke and Philip Selway have released solo albums, while Jonny Greenwood has composed the soundtrack for the films The Master and Inherent Vice.
Burn The Witch will be available digitally, with a sleeve from Yorke with regular Radiohead cover designer Stanley Donwood.
Radiohead’s only gigs this year in Britain come with a four-night residency at the relatively intimate London Roundhouse on May 26-28. Don’t be surprised if there’s a secret show somewhere else too. Just a guess, like.
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